Groundbreaking was held on Saturday, September 20, 2008. Project commences October 1, 2008
Mayor Lou Ann Palmer addressing the neighborhood, with Vice-mayor Ken Shelin and commissioner Richard Clapp (L to R).
Chairman of Streetscape Brent Parker with neighborhood.
Our groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2008, at 10:30. The groundbreaking will be at the entry to GGP, where the entry road intersects the circle (where we want the park).
The city signed the contract last week, with Woodruff and Sons. They will commence initial work on October 1. The first month will be mobilization, clearing and other preliminary work.
About November first the real "action" starts, with utilities. That lasts from about November first thru January. So November, December and January, we will be really "torn" up.
About February first, the initial street sub-base and curbing will start, followed by brick. This will be sequenced in four sections over four months.
It will get sequentially better each month. By the end of May, to mid June, all four sections will be complete as to curb, and pavers, and we will have comfortable areas on which to drive and park.
July, August and September is scheduled for the bulk of the landscape work.
October, is stripping and punch list. The work is scheduled to be completed about November 1.
To summarize, starting late October to early November, we're going to start being torn up. This heavy work will last thru the end of January.
Starting early February the early June, the road will start being replaced in a 4 section sequence, and things will be progressively better.
After June, the balance of the work will be outside of the roadbed, and be much easier for us "live" with.
As we get further information, we will post it here.
(updated 6/25/08 Construction Bids are IN!!!)
3:00pm - bid we opened at the city of Sarasota, for the GGP streetscape project at approximately 2:30pm this afternoon. There we 7 bids received. The bidding was tight.
The city is evaluating the bids right now, checking the math, reviewing the alternates, and reviewing the qualifications.
We are not posting the bids here, until that city process is completed, however the bids came in substantially under our maximum budget. Our bond vote authorized a maximum budget for hard cost, soft cost, and bond cost of $5.8mill.
It appears we will actually be closer to $4.2m. As soon as the city review is undertaken we will post those numbers here.
It will likely take the city a few weeks to review, and a few more to get the contract to the commission.
We're guessing a start around the beginning of September. So let look for a Labor Day groundbreaking!
Bid documents have been issued and are available for contractors to pick up and bid. Advertising is appearing this weekend in the local paper.
All the documents are posted here as PDF's. Click on the "Streetscape Bid Documents" if you wish to download (they are large files)
The city engineering and landscaping department did have a few comments for the team, and a few adjustments to the documents have been made. Those are now back to the city. However the city has still not received the FPL documents, which is holding up the project. They do have documents from Verizon and Comcast.
Engineering is now working with purchasing to get the project advertised. They have about 2-3 weeks of work to do. Hopefully the FPL documents will show up just in time to be "inserted" into the set. We expressed to the city our disappointment in the slow progress, and they have promised to keep pushing this as aggressively as possible.
The design team submitted 100% document to city engineering the first week of January. Engineering is reviewing. We expect them to forward them to Purchasing, to advertise for bid, in the next week or so.
Bid packages will probably be due back to the city the first week of March.
All construction documents have been posted on the web site (about 75 pages). Saturday's annual meeting (1/19/08) is our opportunity to make "minor" changes before the project bids.
The design team is submitting 100% documents to the city next week. We expect the city to review them for a week or so, and them put them out to bid to the construction community mid January 2008.
We will have a final set to look at, at the January annual meeting January 19,2008 at the Sarasota Yacht Club 9:30 am.
The design team, of Wilson Miller, Dave Johnston landscape architects have been pressing forward with the design effort along with the city’s efforts. The design is about 85% complete and the team is preparing to submit to the city 90% review plans.
The team has been meeting monthly at city hall to review progress. Brent Parker as your GGP representative has been at those meetings. The team has met with garbage folks to work out pick up with our new design. They have also met with the postmaster to coordinate delivery with our new design..
The design goes thru several phases, and the team has already submitted 30% and 60% documents.
At this point the overall design is complete. Utility information for FPL, Verizon, Comcast, Gas, and city water and sewer, are still being finalized. Some of the details, such as selection of street lights, and final planting materials are still being made.
As soon as we receive the 90% plans, they will be posted here. They will include drawings, and details of planting, street lighting, mail boxes (for those that still have them. Many are up at the buildings), details on garbage pickup spots, and other items. We will also have a construction “staging” plan to show you how the project will proceed and how we will drive to our homes, during the construction.
The team still expects to go out to bid with the documents early in the year (January?). It will take a few weeks to bid, and couple more to review, and then about a month for the commission to award the contract. With any luck we will start this project April/May 2008. The construction is expected to last thru then end of 2008 or about 9 months.
There will be a presentation at the January meeting as to the construction staging plan and how we will drive on the roads, while the project is under construction.